Thursday, September 20, 2007
No more white coats?
…Clare Murphy of the BBC says that in Britain, anyhow, the doctor’s white coat has been banned by some parts of the National Health Service.
…It was introduced to prevent infection, but soon became a psychological device to denote a doctor’s status as separate and presumably superior to the patient.
…The white, once denoting cleanliness, was actually impractical what with…er, spills.
…Many people began to think it was spreading germs.
…Some British doctors said hospitals used to have laundries and they could get clean coats more easily than now.
…The NHS considered it not only unsanitary but creating a barrier between doc and patient.
…Psychiatrists even gave it a bad name with their “men in white coats” deal.
…Also pharmacists and phlebotomists and others in the medical setting began donning the white.
..The darn things are also hot and bang around the legs in an emergency.
….HA is trying to remember—one of her eye docs wears a white coat, the other doesn’t.
…What about those scrubs printed with teddy bears and balloons? Is anyone else not amused?
…HA always suspected docs wore this stuff to protect their good clothes from yucky stuff.
...How about it, readers? Do these things make you obey your doctor's orders?